The GRSEC is a non-profit, education society dedicated to the preservation of genealogy and genealogical sources in the Eau Claire area. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the months of September through May in the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Meetings begin at 1:00 PM. Doors open at noon, genealogy help is available in the Museum library from 12 to 1 p.m. The public is invited. Seating will be limited to 50 so the chairs can be spread out, masks are required, disposable masks are available at the front entrance and hand sanitizer will be available.
Sawdust City Roots is published by the GRSEC for the use of all society members, five times a year: September/October; November/December; January/February; March/April; and May. The GRSEC does not meet during the summer months (June through August). The membership year runs May 1st through April 30th. Membership fee is $15.00 per year, beginning May 1st.
For more information on membership please feel free to contact us through e-mail or postage address below:
Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire
C/O Chippewa Valley Museum
PO Box 1204
Eau Claire WI 54702-1204
Featured Cemetery: Union Cemetery, Town of Clear Creek, Eau Claire County, WI
Union Cemetery is on Hillview Road which divides the Towns of Clear Creek and Pleasant Valley.
On October 28, 1896, the first cemetery organizational meeting took place. Union Cemetery was built on land donated by the George and Emma Jackson family in 1897. The first burials were Marvin Foster (unreadable dates), (William?) Arthur Saugen (1883-1887), Hattie Jackson (1865-1886), Abner Kneeland (1823-1883), Ann Haines (1801-1890), and MaryEtta Harriman (1872-1875). These individuals had been buried elsewhere and were reburied in Union Cemetery.
In 1980 an additional half-acre of land was purchased to the north of the cemetery.
The cemetery is not affiliated with any church although it is located across the road from Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Union Cemetery is owned by the Cemetery Association. In 2020-21 the officers are LaMoine Anderson, president; Neil Holcomb, secretary, and Larry Seguin, treasurer.
Veterans buried in Union Cemetery:
Ernest Erickson (WWII)
Orvin Haines (Korea)
**Manuel Hanson (WWI)
Manley Harriman (Civil War)
Hollis Hayes (WWII)
Francis Helsper, Jr. (Korea and Vietnam)
George Jackson (WWII)
**Abner Kneeland (Civil War)
Marshall Kneeland (WWII)
Leigh Knudtson (Korea)
Jon R. Lee (US Army veteran)
Keith Markham (US Army veteran)
J.D. Marshall (Civil War)
Neil Miland (Korea and Vietnam)
**Peder Oscar Pederson (WWI)
**William Clinton Weeks (WWII, Korea and Vietnam)
**indicates tombstone pictured to the right